Shark Valley Ranger Guided Tours

This page provides an overview of programs offered at Shark Valley during
different times of year. This can help visitors consider what they might like to do
on a visit to the park. This district is accessed through an entrance off US 41 (Tamiami Trail) on the north end of the park.
Please note that Ranger Programs Change by Season!
Check in with the park during the summer season to see if there have been changes
to the current schedule before packing up your car and heading to the park. Warm and
wet weather sometimes lead to cancellation of programs.
Call General Park Information 305-242-7700 or the Shark Valley Visitor Center 305-221-8776 (note that this number is staffed 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., leave a voicemail if not answered and someone will return your call during the next staffed shift).

December - March - Dry Season - Increased Ranger programs

April - November - Wet Season - Reduced Ranger programs



Ranger Program Schedule subject to change. More programs are offered during the dry season, December through March.


Summaries of the Ranger Programs that are available in this district are below. For dates and times each program is offered, please see the calendar of events.

Note that some programs are not frequently offered during the summer season.

Ranger Walk
Join a park ranger or volunteer for a stroll around Shark Valley. 45 minutes. Wheelchair accessible. Meet at the viewing platform.

Everglades Exploration
The Everglades story is a complex tale of plants, animals, water, and history. Join us for a short talk and get an in-depth glimpse of the Everglades. Meet at the benches near the viewing platform. 30 minutes. Wheelchair accessible.

Wild Walk in the Wilderness!
Want to try something different? How about "off-roading"? Want to test yourself against the Everglades in the summer? A park ranger or volunteer will lead you through Shark River Slough using your feet as your "wheels" for a great adventure! Be prepared for high water levels, insects and mosquitoes. Reservations are required and children must be at least 12 years old. Call 305-221-8776 for more information. 2 hours.

Canal Biking
Join a ranger for a car caravan trip to the L-67 Canal, approximately 5 miles to the east of the Shark Valley entrance. This is the old eastern boundary of the park. The bike tour will lead you down the canal berm on an unpaved, gravel road. Explore the wildlife along the canal and the great views of the eastern portion of Shark Valley Slough and the Everglades. Meet near entrance gate at Shark Valley, car caravan to L67 lot, five miles east of Shark Valley. Reservations are required one week in advance to the scheduled ride. For more information, call 305-221-8776. Approximately 3 hours. Bring your own bicycle.

Glades Biking in the Morn'
Explore the subtleness of the wetlands as the morning light wakes up its inhabitants, birds, turtles and alligators sunning themselves along your path. Join a park ranger or volunteer for a 15-mile bike ride out into Shark River Slough. Bring your own bicycle or rent one from the concession. Meet on the back side of the visitor center by the benches. Approximately 3 hours.

Meteor Shower Bike Ride
Watch an amazing meteor shower over the sawgrass prairie. Listen to the accompanying Everglades "night symphony" as you get a glimpse of a meteor shower arching across the dark night sky. Climb the observation tower to enjoy the mystery and feel the magic of the Everglades wilderness at night. Join a park ranger for an evening 15-mile bike ride. Bring your own bicycle. Reservations required one week in advance. For more information call 305-221-8776.

tram at shark valley
Shark Valley Tram Tour

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Shark Valley Tram Tours

Find yourself in the middle of the "River of Grass", the heart of the Everglades. See alligators, wading birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Narrated by a park ranger or park naturalist. For reservations and fee information please call 305-221-8455) Estimated Time: 2 hours. (Fees required and reservations recommended)

Trams run everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following times:
Tours at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Tamiami Trail Triathlon


Tamiami Trail "Try-Athlon"
A triathlon you can complete anytime you please. Bike, hike, and Canoe to complete the Tamiami Trail Triathlon in one day, one month, one year. It's up to you. Start at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, at Shark Valley Visitor Center or Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center. However-Whenever! Get out and enjoy the experience!

Last updated: May 8, 2017

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